Senior Footballers progress to last 8

Shels senior footballers progress to final 8 after a comfortable win in Taghmon V Duffry Rover 0-17 to 0-07. Adamstown beat St. Martins but as Shels had beaten Adamstown in an earlier round, means Shels go through.

Shels senior footballers met Duffry Rovers in Taghmon for their final group match in a must win game. Duffry Rovers were first off the mark with a pointed free inside the first minute. Craig McCabe levelled the sides with a superb ’45 before Shels lost influential midfielder Stephen Banville with a hamstring injury. Glen Murphy was introduced and went centre forward with Alan Griffith falling back into mid field. Duffry went a point ahead but Captain Aidan Murphy did well to pull level again. The game entered a lean period then with no scores for the next 14 minutes before Shels mounted a charge and picked off points courtesy of Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, Aidan Murphy, Craig McCabe and Feargal Hynes. Just on full time Duffry pointed a free. Full back Eoin Doyle had a great block on a goal attempt with Stephen Corrigan getting a great clearance to remove any danger. Half time score 0-06- to 0-03. Shels had the breeze in the second half and Craig McCabe immediately added a point for Shels. Disaster then as referee John Carton awarded a penalty to Duffry but Shels supporters breathed a sigh of relief as goal keeper Graham Lawlor-Ryan dealt with it superbly and Andre O’Brien dealt with the rebound immediately. Shels pushed on and amassed 4 more points before Duffy first pointed and then had a shot on target for goal. Yet again net minder Graham Lawlor-Ryan dealt with the shot expertly and Duffry must have wondered what more could they do to get back in the game. Shels gathered pace again and were in a scoring boom. Several fresh legs were introduced at this stage and Shels pushed on to finish ten ahead. Final score 0-17 to 0-07.
Amongst those to shine were brothers Graham-Lawlor-Ryan and Clive Lawlor-Ryan also Craig McCabe, Alan Griffith, Feargal Hynes and Tommy Barron.

Team: Graham Lawlor-Ryan, Andre O’Brien, Eoin Doyle, Stephen Corrigan, Tommy Barron, Clive Lawlor (0-1), Aidan Cash, Stephen Banville, AJ Lehane (0-2), Brian Doyle, Alan Griffith, Ciaran O’Shaughnessy (0-1), Feargal Hynes (0-3), Aidan Murphy (C) (0-3), Craig McCabe (0-6,2F).
Subs introduced: Glen Murphy, Darren Malone, Barry O’Connor, Colin Redmond, Derek Walsh (0-1).

Shels now meet St. Annes in the quarter final.